5 Ways to Relieve Chronic Pain in Seniors

Your aging relative relies on you and other supporters for help with their daily care tasks. They need you to help with tasks like meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, and helping them walk, drive, and get dressed. While you may have those duties under control with help from a senior care provider, you may be overlooking one important part of your aging loved one’s life—their pain levels.

Senior Care in Boynton Beach FL: Ways to Relieve Chronic Pain

Senior Care in Boynton Beach FL: Ways to Relieve Chronic Pain

Elderly adults mistakenly assume that pain is just a natural part of getting older. However, there are plenty of pain management methods that can make them more comfortable, active, and healthy. September is Pain Awareness Month, where health professionals in your community and online work hard to promote the latest pain management options.

Once your aging relative has seen a doctor and is taking medication, you and their senior care provider can incorporate these 5 proven techniques into your loved one’s day.

1. Deep Breathing or Meditation.

When your elderly relative’s body is tense and tight, pain is worse. Meditation or deep breathing exercises are ideal for introducing quiet calmness to joints and muscles. You or their senior care advisor can find guided meditation programs or apps for the aging adult, or participate together in helping their body relax, which can ease pain.

2. Endorphins Via Exercise.

There are plenty of reasons for elderly adults to exercise and be active, but you probably didn’t think pain management was one of them. Exercise triggers the brain to release endorphins, which are chemicals that boost mood and block receptors that receive pain signals. Stronger muscles, healthier weight, better blood sugar levels and more can also help to reduce pain in seniors.

3. Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol.

There are few benefits for seniors to overdo it on tobacco and alcohol and using these substances can increase chronic pain. Alcohol and tobacco interfere with healthy body functions, interrupt sleep, and disrupt circulation. Not only that, it puts seniors at a higher risk for cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.

4. Get Massage Therapy.

Studies show that massage therapy is very effective in managing chronic pain. Not only does a professional massage reduce tension and stress, it can warm up muscles and joints to alleviate neck, shoulder, and back pain. While family caregivers and senior care providers can massage an elderly person’s body, it’s best to take them to a professional massage therapist for best results.

5. Positivity.

Successful pain management must incorporate positive thinking because it’s very easy for seniors to feel frustrated, angry, hopeless, or depressed about their condition. Family caregivers and senior care providers can find ways to distract the elderly adult from their pain, helping them to enjoy life more.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Boynton Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

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